The prostitute of Alexandria, Mary, is cast into the wilderness for spiritual contemplation. In the arid desert, Mary and Zossima, a holy man, find in each other a kind of spiritual ecstasy.
The simplicity of Tavener's music starkly contrasts with the theology of the desert fathers in all its searing compassion, now staged in the majestic surroundings of King's Chapel, Cambridge.
The UK premiere of the chamber scoring, the performances will be part of the 70th birthday celebrations, also falling on the year anniversary of his death.
- John Tavener: Mary of Egypt
Libretto: Mother Thekla, Abbess at Normanby
Mary (Soprano) - Camilla Seale
Zossima (Bass) - Nick Doig
The Voice (Alto) - Susie Self
Accompanied by Chorus and Orchestra
Directors - Theodora Tavener and Gareth Mattey
Musical Director - Philip Barrett
Production & Design - Phoebe Hill and Emily Newton
Tickets: £18 (£10 concessions), available from The Shop at King's, King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SP (01223 769340).
Funded by Cambridge University Opera Society.